Leonard W. (Len) ROSSITER


Leonard W. (Len)

Len passed away on January 29th, 2005 at the age of 97. He is leaving behind niece, Gay Sheehan and nephew, Michael Rossiter and a great number of friends, primarily in the Campbell River area.

Len was born on July 10, 1907, in London, England. He came to Canada at the age of 18 and arrived in the Comox Valley via the Canadian Pacific Railway shortly afterwards. From 1926 to 1934, he worked in the Forbidden Plateau area of Strathcona Park, initially as a horse handler during guided trail rides, soon in charge of scout camps, and shortly afterwards as guide. From 1935 to 1941, Len continued to help build and organize camps at Forbidden Plateau.

On March 29, 1947, Len married Phyllis Vaughn Roberts and soon afterwards, they moved to Campbell River after Len worked on the first Hydro transmission line connecting Courtenay and Campbell River. He opened an electrical contracting business in the following year which he ran in the Campbell River area until the early 1970’s. His retirement provided the freedom for Phyl and Len to enjoy extensive worldwide travels and their love for nature and their beautiful garden. He was instrumental in the establishment and operation of the Campbell River Fire Department from 1947 to 1966. Len was also a very active community member as shown in his 58 year long involvement with the Rotary Club of Campbell River.

He will be missed by his family and his many friends in the community. No service by request – the date for a celebration of life for Len will be announced at a later date.

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